Just got back from the scrimmage
Posted By: Wild Ute
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 01:57 pm
All I can say is I am excited for the Meyer regime. Every one hustled if they did not Meyer was right in their faces.
Offense looked bad as to be expected Meyer had the 1st string O Scrimmage against the 1st string D.
Marty Johnson, and Brandon Warfield are going to be the best RB tandum in the MWC. Johnson looks 100% healthy and had a few good runs. Warfield I thought looked quicker. They run a lot of motion and the RB's moved into the Slot position several times. I also liked #30 Soane Taliauli he had some greats runs.
Ben Moa is the real deal he has great hands, had some great catches, and ran over a couple of defenders to pick up extra yardage. I dont know why Mac did not use him more in the offense last year. He has slimmed down and is fast for his size. If he gets isolated against a LB he is going to pick up a lot of yards after the catch because he is a load to bring down. Other WR that looked good was Steven Savoy if his knee is at 100% he is going to be a deep threat, I also like Paris Warren he has great hands and he caught a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and picked up 12 yards on the play. I thought the WR's ran crisper routes and blocked down field very well.
I thought Elliott looked the best had a great run for about 20 yards and hit the open WR, he did force a few passes but he looked more comfortable in the offense. Rich did have a great pass of about 30 yards he threw to Moa for the first down. But he over threw a lot of the WR's
Over all the Offense has a lot of work but by the first game I see them being really good I am very excited for the style of offense.
Defense ruled the scrimmage the thing I liked most if some one made a big play the entire defense would get excited there is a lot more chemistry to this team. There were a lot of big hits.
With Kaufusi being gonne Marquess Ladbetter #55 got a lot of tme at OE this kid got a motor he is going to be good. He got into the back field a bunch of times hurring the QB to make bad throws. Sione Pouha recovered a fumble he ran back for a TD. It seemed the Whittingham was blitzing more and taking more risks with the DL. The DL seemed to be in the backfield 95% of the time. The 2nd string was no different
I will go on record now and say this is the best LB corp that Utah has ever had. Spencer Toone is a man among boys.
He had some great hits and knocked Warfield on his butt a couple of times. He had a 2 sacks, 1 sack for a saftey, picked up a fumbled snap and ran it back for a TD. He can tackle in the open field. Ray Holdcraft plugged the middle when the fisrt O ran up the middle Holdcraft and Toone where there every time pushing the RB back. They also blitzed a lot and #38 Aaron Bryant had the first big hit when he drilled #30 Soane Taliauli as soon as he received the ball for a 6 yard loss. But you could hear the hit from the stands
I was very impressed by the safties and corners they look a 100% better from last year. Scally played awesome in the FS position he had a lot of great hits and on run support stopped Johnson on a 3 and 3. Anthony White had two great hits one on #18 Chad Jacobson as he received the ball across the middle. Eliott threw a perfect pass right in the #'s but White hit him so hard the ball popped out. He also hit #83 a WR on a reverse (sorry I dont know his name) so hard he caused him to fumble the ball.
I liked what I saw every one played great man coverage if the WR's even got close to the ball the corners hit them so hard the ball popped loose. #22 Bo Nagahi looks the most improved I thought last year he should have started over Cody Weight. He had some great pass break ups and no one causght a pass against him. #1 Shayne Scrugs and #2 Antonio Young both played very hard and looked awesome in man coverage. With the DBs playing like they are I see Utah blitzing more. We have the talent at DB which was very young last year to control the tempo on defense.
I liked what I say and I am very excited. Meyer is a great coach andd took every opportunity to teach his player the correct techniques. He would single a player out after each play and let him know what he could do to improve. I never say that under McBride.
I also never saw a McBride coached team practice blocking the punt. Meyer rushed every punt and expected his scout team to block the punt. Matt Kovacevich had some great punts under a lot of pressure
Kicking team could be better Borreson hit a couple form 40 out but missed 2 from inside 30 yards. Hall hit all with in 30 but missed out side of 40 yards. Hall to me had no leg.
Thats what I saw.
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